When frontman Gerard Way’s vision for My Chemical Romance was born from the tragedy of 9/11, his quest was to “make a difference” in the world. For the next 12 years, the New Jersey natives would spearhead an entire musical movement and leave a legacy built on goth-punk rock operas supported by equally epic music videos. Yet the juxtapositions that existed in their music – morbidly dark lyrics married to life-affirming melodies; the gnarliest punk riffs leading into the most stunningly haunting ballads – manifested among music fans: detractors hated them as much as their devoted fans worshipped them. There’s even division among die-hards on the essential MCR tracks. In this countdown of the best My Chemical Romance songs, we reveal why the band remain so revered.
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20: Headfirst For Halos (from ‘I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love’, 2002)
If the emo tag never sat comfortably with My Chemical Romance – it didn’t – they did themselves no favours by writing about suicide. But that’s the central theme to this jagged and disjointed number, as its central character struggles with depression and contemplates taking his own life. But Gerard Way’s conclusion is a simple one: don’t do it.